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All Israelis accounted for amid India monsoon

Some 500 citizens had been unreachable.

Monsoon clouds in Madhya Pradesh state, India. Credit: Rajarshi MITRA via Wikimedia Commons.
Monsoon clouds in Madhya Pradesh state, India. Credit: Rajarshi MITRA via Wikimedia Commons.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry announced on Saturday it had successfully accounted for all citizens traveling in India who were unreachable amid devastating flooding from monsoon rains that killed more than 100 people in the country.

The last of the Israelis out of contact was found using a helicopter rented by the embassy in New Delhi and flown to remote hiking destinations in northern India, the embassy said.

As of Friday, more than three dozen Israelis remained out of contact. Earlier, some 500 citizens were reported missing.

No Israelis were injured in the natural disaster.

“Solidarity and brotherhood are what unites our people, and I want to thank my colleagues who worked day and night to reach everyone,” Foreign Minister Eli Cohen said.

In May, Cohen visited India, where he engaged in talks on to strengthen relations between the two countries.

Jerusalem and New Delhi are celebrating 30 years of diplomatic relations. Cohen’s trip followed recent visits by Israeli Economy Minister Nir Barkat and Knesset Speaker Amir Ohana.

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